Federal Spending and Borrowing

The growth of government spending is out of control. In the past four years our nation has added about $6 trillion in new debt borrowed against our children and grandchildren’s' future. Unfortunately, both parties have been complicit in increasing government spending dramatically, though for very different reasons. Today our nation faces $16 trillion in debt, much of it owed to foreign countries hostile to our economic interests and way of life. While some believe that these challenges can simply be put off to a later date, I believe that the time to act against higher borrowing is now. 

I believe that part of the solution to our debt problem is to scale back the federal government and return to the private sector any federal job that could be done more efficiently by a business. There is any number of tasks performed by the federal government which could be provided at both lower cost and higher efficiency by a privately-operated business with real concerns about keeping costs down. 

A second common-sense step is to limit the duplicative duties of many federal agencies, which often conflict and can be counterproductive. For example, in Siskiyou County, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Environmental Protection Agency all believe that they have a role in the regulation of water supply and use.  These agencies provide conflicting direction, fight amongst themselves and generally fail to provide the area's farmers and ranchers with any clear path to profitable operation. Add in the regular disputes these agencies have with similar entities in California's state government and there is a wide array of government workers doing essentially the same job - an incredibly expensive and counterproductive way to operate.   

For more information concerning my work and views on Spending Cuts and Debt, please contact me.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you.

More on Federal Spending and Borrowing

May 23, 2019 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the Senate released the text of a disaster aid package which would provide $19.1 billion for states affected by disasters in 2018. This includes areas impacted by the Carr Fire and Camp Fire in Northern California. Paradise will be eligible for an additional $150 million in rural development funding. The measure will be considered in the Senate shortly before being sent to the House.
May 15, 2019 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $1.5 billion to states impacted by major disaster last year. California will receive $491,816,000 for wildfire recovery, including areas impacted by the Carr Fire and Camp Fire.
May 10, 2019 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 2157, the Supplemental Appropriations Act, which would provide $17.2 billion for states affected by disaster in 2018. This includes areas impacted by the Carr Fire and Camp Fire in Northern California.
Mar 20, 2019 Press Release
(Richvale, CA) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded an additional $1,148,738.77 in federal funding for Camp Fire recovery in Butte County.
Mar 6, 2019 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after introducing H.R. 1515, the High-Speed Refund Act. This legislation requires that any discretionary grant funds provided by the Department of Transportation (DOT) for high-speed rail (HSR) development in California be reimbursed to the Federal Government. The funds will then be used to significantly increase spending on important freight and highway projects.
Feb 14, 2019 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed H.J. Res. 31, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019, which will keep the government funded through September 30th. The legislation will provide funding for 55 new miles of physical barrier along the southern border, significantly increase funding for the U.S. Forest Service to manage our federal lands, and provide $3.7 billion for rural development programs. The measure also increases the Federal Government’s cost share for 2018 wildfires in California to 90%.
Jan 25, 2019 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement in response to the agreement reached to reopen the government for three weeks to allow for negotiations to continue on border security funding.
Jan 16, 2019 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after House Democrats included a last minute amendment to H.R. 268, the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2019, that ensured it would not pass the Senate.
Jan 3, 2019 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after voting against a long-term funding package offered by Democratic leadership that did not include disaster funding or sufficient funding to improve security at our southern border.
Sep 26, 2018 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 6157, the Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act and Continuing Appropriations Act.

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